Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.
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Phishing Email (on campus)

We've had a report of a phishing scheme that arrives via both email and the telephone, requesting that you complete a timesheet for the company Aerotek.

Posted: 11/15 3:37pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Amazon, Inc. Shipping <support1427>
Date: Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 8:45 AM
Subject: Re: Amazon Inc. Order Details for Xxxx Xxxxx, [Department/Program] - Brown University

Posted: 11/8 11:57am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Mail Administrators. <rkward>
Date: Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 9:35 AM
Subject: Email Validation!


Posted: 11/8 11:17am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Bates, Kaye M <bates_k>
Date: Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 2:09 PM
Subject: payment slip

Posted: 11/7 8:51am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Employment <dkyllo> [ sent from different Comcast addresses ]
Date: Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 12:04 PM
Subject: Part-time Assistant Needed !
To: [ various Brown addresses ]

Posted: 10/31 3:59pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: InformationTechnologyUpdate @edu <blennon785>
Date: Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 3:17 AM
Subject: IT help-desk - VALIDATE

Posted: 10/28 9:39am
Phishing Email (on campus)

​From: Jin Ping Chi <drazizehab>
Date: Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 9:26 PM
Subject: NOT SPAM: Our Reserved Clients needs good Business Relationship. See PDF

Posted: 10/17 9:37am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Brown Unversity Info;Barbara D <harrispowell23>
Date: Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 1:39 PM
Subject: Important Info;salary increase/Staff

Dear Staff,

Posted: 10/14 3:33pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Steer clear of pop-up surveys, like the "Brown University Survey" pictured below, which may appear after visiting various sites.

Posted: 10/14 12:08pm
Updated: 8/24/17 2:05pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Faculty members who are treasurers for professional societies are being targeted with a variation on the wire transfer scam that periodically surfaces at Brown.

Posted: 9/29 1:54pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Be on alert for a suspicious FedEx mailing, which is phishing and has an attached zipfile containing ransonware.

Posted: 9/27 12:29pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Emily Coker <emily.coker25>
Date: Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 1:48 PM
Subject: VERIFY
To:  [ lengthy list of addresses ]

Posted: 9/26 2:01pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Another "wire transfer hoax" email has been reported, similar to others reported every couple of months (cyber criminals "spoof" well-know email addresses to try and trick recipients).  Like those emails (see

Posted: 9/23 11:43am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: protons atomik <platfromacreative>
Date: Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 5:51 AM
Subject: Master of Engineering
To: [ Brown addresses ]

Good day

Dear [ Name ]

Posted: 9/23 9:56am
Phishing Email (on campus)

A detailed but suspicious email was reported that appears to come from Apple, warning that your Apple ID was used to sign into iCloud, but is actually a phishing attempt.

Posted: 9/22 10:21am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: "Mail Service" <olesya.saveleva>
Date: Sep 21, 2016 6:36 PM

[  No text, just attachment "Brown.EDU.pdf" ]

Posted: 9/22 8:24am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Collantes, Anthony <ac674>
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Subject: Message from Information Security: Your email account has been compromised

Posted: 9/17 2:25pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: hr_Dept <kkcarson>
Date: Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 11:28 AM
Subject: Account Update

Posted: 9/12 11:33am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Fatani, Jameel <fatanij>
Date: Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Posted: 9/6 9:54am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: "Tang, Jay" <jay_tang>
Date: September 5, 2016 at 12:53:48 PM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: very important

Posted: 9/5 3:12pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Hulikal Sampath Kumaran, Srivatsan <srivatsan_hulikal>
Date: Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 12:03 PM
Subject: proof of payment

Posted: 9/1 12:38pm
Legitimate Email

The Center for Learning & Professional Development inadvertently sent an email to a larger group than intended; if you received it and didn't previously attend an informational session, please disregard it.

Posted: 8/30 4:00pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

A classic phishing scam returns, signalling that the start of a new academic year can't be far away.

Posted: 8/30 3:00pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From time to time we receive questions about the authenticity of email solicitations from, such as the following request to approve a co-author tag.

Posted: 8/30 2:30pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Administrator helpd <hemantsonare>
Date: Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 11:57 AM
Subject: Attention Web-Mail User

Posted: 8/22 12:03pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Ambani, Anant <anant_ambani>
Date: Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 12:26 PM
Subject: NAMES...

Here are the Names of student that were tested Positive of HIV...

Posted: 8/19 11:07am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Brown University <vissav01>
Date: Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 6:13 AM
Subject: ID:133 - MyBrown Updates!

Brown Wants You!

Posted: 8/17 11:18am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Stephanie Miller <stephanie>
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Subject: Invitation
To: [actual Brown addresses]

Hello [first name],

Posted: 8/11 12:47pm

From: Kazuaki Tanahashi <tanahashi>
Date: Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 10:41 AM
Subject: From Kazuaki Tanahashi......... Please help!!!
To:  [ Brown addresses ]

Posted: 8/1 11:09am

From: Smith, Joshua
Date: Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 12:59 PM
Subject: RE: Staff: New Email System Posted today July 29, 2016

Posted: 7/28 3:12pm